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Festival of Champions

For 40 years, the UCM Bands have been proud to host some of the most outstanding band programs in the region for its annual marching band competition, the Festival of Champions. Beginning as the Missouri Music Bowl in 1978, this competition has grown to showcase over 30 of the best bands from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Illinois each year. The event includes competitions in field show performance, marching percussion, and indoor guard. Directors can participate in one or all three competitions in the same day.

The field show competition is set up as a prelim/finals format. Immediately after the preliminary round, the UCM Marching Mules will perform in exhibition. UCM Marching Percussion performs immediately after the finals round.

We welcome bands of all sizes and all levels of proficiency to gain a productive experience. 

UPDATE, July 29, 2020: 40th Annual Festival of Champions

Like so many marching competitions around the United States, UCM's 40th Annual Festival of Champions will cancel the in-person event this season (2020). However, a free, virtual event will be offered to give your students an a competitive or non-competitive opportunity to continue working towards a tangible marching band goal this season. 

To learn more about the virtual event, please click the red button below.

Virtual FOC


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Areas of Competition

(See special 2020 offerings for the virtual event by clicking here)


UCM Band at FOC

Field Show Competition

The field show competition features both Prelim and Finals. Field show bands are grouped into three or four competitive classes based on total number of performers (excluding auxiliary units and drum majors).



Front Ensemble at FOC

Indoor Percussion Competition

Groups participating in the indoor percussion competition are grouped in their school's field show competition band or the Missouri MSHSAA classifications. 

Field show participation is not required to enter the indoor percussion competition. 

 Guard at FOC

Indoor Guard Competition


Groups participating in the indoor guard competition are grouped in the same class as their school's field show competition band or Missouri MSHSAA classification. 

Field show participation is not required to enter the indoor guard competition.  



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Schedule of Events (October 17, 2020)

Details of the 2020 virtual event will be sent to registered directors by September 1.

Stay tuned for more information on the live stream awards show set for Saturday, October 17, 2020.



Resources for Directors and Spectators

For Directors

Information for directors participating in the annual Festival of Champions will be added as the virtual event unfolds.

For Spectators

Information for parents, families, and the general public.



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